TOKYO, April 7 Japan and Australia will announce
a basic trade agreement on Monday, featuring cuts to Tokyo's
tariffs on imported beef and Canberra ending its duty on cars,
Japanese media said.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who will meet his
Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Monday, told reporters in
Tokyo on Sunday he was "hopeful but not certain" about the
prospects for a bilateral pact.
The leaders will announce a deal in which Japan cuts its
tariffs on Australian beef below 20 percent from the current
38.5 percent and Australia scraps its 5 percent duty on small
and midsize Japanese cars, the Nikkei, Asahi and Yomiuri
They cited unnamed sources for the information.
(Reporting by William Mallard; Editing by Bernard Orr)